Erica Bliss
Veterans Service Officer
Kanabec County Courthouse
18 Vine Street North
Mora, MN 55051
Ph. 320.679.6380 or Email

*We are located on the 2nd floor of the Courthouse in the Recorder’s Office, Suite 261B.

Veterans: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms such as a cough or difficulty breathing, or if you are feeling sick or ill with other symptoms, your first step is to CALL the VA Health Care System.

Minneapolis VA: 612-467-1100
St. Cloud VA: 320-252-1670 or 800-247-1739
Fargo VA: 701-239-3700 x2319
Sioux Falls VA: 605-336-3230

COVID-19 Message from Erica Bliss, Kanabec County Veterans Service Officer:

Our priority is to protect the health and safety of our veterans. In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 we will be limiting person to person contact. As of 3/17/2020 all Kanabec County buildings and facilities are closed to the public for all non-essential services effective immediately and until further notice. While the buildings will be restricted from the public, county services and operations will continue to be provided to the community on the same schedule, through both phone and email. If paperwork is necessary we can handle this electronically or by mail. 

If you are a veteran in need or know a veteran who is in need please refer them to our office for assistance and support.  If you know a veteran who struggles providing for their basic needs and at risk of being without food or supplies please refer that veteran to our office. Let’s work together to care for our veterans.

Remember! The best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are to practice:

Healthy hygiene:

  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly
  • Cover your cough and sneezes.
  • Toss the tissue and wash your hands again,
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

By staying home when you’re sick.

Social distancing:

  • Keeping at least 6 feet (2 meters) from others.
  • Postpone or cancel gatherings of 10 or more people
  • Stay vigilant and aware.

Being a good community member:

  • Identify family, friends, and neighbors who may be feeling alone and contact them by phone to provide some companionship or ask if they have their needs met to safely stay in their home.

Kanabec County Veteran Services provides professional, caring and quality assistance to veterans and their dependents. We assist in obtaining benefits through local, County, State and Federal programs. As advocates we work with the US Department of Veterans Affairs, MN Department of Veterans Affairs and nationally chartered service organizations to ensure our veterans and dependents receive the benefits they have earned

Our County Veteran Service Officer attends the most current trainings on the extent and meaning of new laws passed by the U.S. Congress in the interests of veterans and dependents. CVSO’s also know the rules and regulations adopted by the Department of Veterans Affairs which clarify and implement the laws. We will apply our special knowledge in a way best suited for each veteran or beneficiary who visits our office.

 Examples of services we offer:

• Benefits Counseling
• Claims Preparation and Submission
• Claims follow-up
• Outreach and Advocacy

If you are interested in applying for benefits or curious about what benefits may be available to you, please contact our office. Appointments are preferred and can be made by calling 320-679-6380.

To locate Veteran Service Officers in other counties within the State of Minnesota click here.

Click here for information on what to bring to your first appointment

Our Mission is to provide responsive, timely and compassionate assistance to veterans and their families, in applying for veterans benefits through state and federal programs. In recognition of their service to our nation, we will act as an advocate on their behalf and provide referrals to other agencies and providers, as appropriate.

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The Kanabec County Veterans Service Office is proud to be a partner with the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration. The goals of the commemoration are to thank and honor the veterans of the Vietnam War for their service and sacrifice, including those listed as MIA or those held as POWs. The commemoration wants to highlight the service of the Armed Forces at home and abroad and those of our allies whose service and sacrifice we recognize and will not forget.  For more information contact the Veteran Service Offi

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